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Rebel Women of the Gold Rush

Extraordinary Achievements and Daring Adventures

by Rich Mole

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also available: Paperback
category: History
published: 2011
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Rebel Women of the Gold Rush: Extraordinary Achievements and Daring Adventures

The Klondike Gold Rush of 18961898 attracted tens of thousands of gold prospectors. Of these, only a small percentage were women. Women from all walks of life were attracted to the Gold Rush either as wives following their husbands or as fortune seekers. They were strong-willed women who endured a brutal trip north, survived primitive living conditions and coped with many hardships. A woman on the trail would have to risk frostbite, freezing, avalanche, starvation and disease. Yet, like Emily Garner, ‘after a day of backbreaking travel had to toil over the campfire every night, feeding 13 men.’ Mole also writes of the First Nations ‘country wives’ who were often treated with prejudice.

Mole has authored or coauthored eight other Amazing Stories series books.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2009-2010.

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During the frenzied Klondike Gold Rush, many daring women ventured north to seek riches and adventure or to escape a troubled past. These unforgettable, strong-willed women defied the social conventions of the time and endured heartbreak and horrific conditions to build a life in the wild North. At the height of the gold rush, Martha Purdy, Nellie Cashman, Ethel Berry and a few hundred other women were conquering what came to be called the Trail of '98—a route that proved to be an impossible ordeal for many men. From renowned reporter Faith Fenton and successful entrepreneur Belinda Mulrooney to Mae Field, "The Doll of Dawson," and other "citizens of the demimonde," the Klondike's rebel women bring an intriguing new perspective to gold-rush history.

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